Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day

It's Labor Day! To mark the day, here are some books about working teens. (I'm on vacation, so all annotations are from World Cat this week.)


Going Bovine by Libba Bray. In an attempt to find a cure after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old boy, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital.

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer. Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants. Jennie adds: the first in a series, follow it with The Second Summer of the Sisterhood.


Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. High school sophomore Kate Brown spends her afternoons at the mall helping her dad sell vitamins, wishing her best friend Anna would stop being a popular snob, and is not sure how to act when Will--a gorgeous classmate but a total player--seems to be interested in her.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. On her eighteenth birthday, spoiled party girl Lexington Larrabee learns that her days of making tabloid headlines may be at an end when her ever-absent father decides she must learn some values by working a different, low-wage job every week for a year or forfeit her multimillion-dollar trust fund.

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie Chang. China has 130 million migrant workers - the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China's Pearl River Delta.


Start It Up: The Complete Teen Business Guide to Turning Your Passions into Pay by Kenrya Rankin. Provides teens with advice on opening a business--including business types, plans, registering a business, finances, employees, marketing, customer service, doing good, and moving on--and profiles young entrepreneurs.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Describes the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young immigrant struggling in America.

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez. Intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family off four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endues.

What are your favorite books about working?

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